The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) hosts galas in cities across the US. At each, a Humanitarian Award is presented to a leader in the local medical community who has committed to fighting melanoma through exemplary patient care, cutting-edged research or scientific leadership. Courage Awards are also given to individuals who have shown tremendous strength in their personal battles with melanoma.

2019 Galas

Denver – Thursday, May 2

The eighth annual gala will be hosted at Mile High StationEvent information

Philadelphia– Thursday, June 6

The sixth annual gala will be hosted at Water WorksEvent information

Chicago – Thursday, September 26

The fifth annual gala will be hosted at Morgan MFG. Event information

New York – Thursday, October 17

The eighteenth annual gala will be hosted at Cipriani. Event information

DC Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala – Saturday, November 9

The ninth annual DC Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala will be hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Event information

Past Galas

In 2018, the MRF hosted galas in Denver, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. These events raised more than 1.7 million dollars for melanoma research! View the photos of these and other past galas.

For further information about MRF galas, to purchase tickets, learn about sponsorship opportunities, or make a tax-deductible donation, please contact the MRF at (800) 673-1290 or email Please note, the MRF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To volunteer with a Gala Planning Committee, please email

The MRF also hosts many other special events, such as seminars, 5k run/walks, and educational symposia and webinars. Browse upcoming events.